- Write your own mini-biography to send or hand to whoever is introducing you
- Know who you're talking to
- A handout of some sort (business only)
- Prepare. The better prepared you are, the more you'll be able to make your talk sound less formal and friendly
- Give your audience the big picture in your introduction
- Aim for a balance of emotional and rational
- Humor is almost always welcome (not rude or too personal)
- Practice modulating your voice (up and down, no squeaks)
- Practice in front of friends (honest feedback please)
- Make eye contact with your audience
- Speech Making Explained: - having decided not to ....
- Speeches - if the speech w ....
YOU MAY BE DISMAYED AT THE THOUGHT OF NOT REPEATING...
You may be dismayed at the thought of not repeating every word of the speech that you took so much trouble to prepare, write and revise; but you can take comfort from the fact that your memory will almost certainly prove an excellent 'sieve' retaining the best things and rejecting the worthless.
Where this fourth method of memorizing the speech is used, the notes should be written-or printed, for clarity's sake, on a postcard. They must be clear enough for you to read merely by glancing down. Unless you are short sighted, do not hold the card while delivering the speech, but merely place it on the table in front of you.
Consult it with the smallest possible ostentation, preferably during enforced pauses for cheers or laughter. A quick glance down should be enough to assure you of the next point in your speech. Practice Good delivery can come only with practice and the best practice is to go into a room alone, taking only your card of notes and address an imaginary audience.